Photography courtesy of Lowell Washburn, all rights reserved.
Nothing makes a raccoon any madder than when a family of humans invades its sweet corn patch. It happens every summer in Iowa. But the masked marauders sometimes get the last laugh by raiding brim full garbage cans and scattering the heat ripened contents far and wide. They add further insult by conducting late night visits to backyard feeders where they tilt support poles, dump expensive bird seed to the ground, and completely drain oriole and hummingbird feeders of their sugary contents. Mission accomplished, the ring-tails immediately vacate their newly created disaster zone and scurry back to the sweet corn. Although the humans are highly efficient, they often miss an ear or two.